How to protect from falls off bike on wrist?
I fell off my bike and cracked a scaphoid. I am 54 and three years past menopause. Apparently most people who fall off bikes and crack their scaphoids are young men; it's a common biking injury.
As people get older, they only become more likely to break the end of a long arm bone instead, or shatter their wrist in a million pieces. However, since few older people ride bicycles enough to suffer bad falls, it isn't totally clear why more people who break their scaphoids falling off of bicycles are young. I must know a dozen older women who fell some other way, like off the roof, and broke a scaphoid, and my minster's wife fell off her bike and broke her scaphoid. She is older than I am.
I'm unclear on how one falls on an outstretched hand and cracks the scaphoid. Is it from the impact with the ground, or from the impact between bones inside the wrist? Wouild padding or a piece of leather under biking gloves do anything to protect the bones from breaking?
I guess that a splint that stops the hand from bending back is likely to only cause the radius to break instead, and in practice it seems to protect the wrist but people end up with just as much injury elsewhere on their upper body. Speaking as one who once survived a head on crash with a speeding car by somersaulting off the handlebars and over the car, if you can't make good physical and sensory contact with the handlebars, than if something happens you could be dead. Plus falling on an outstretched hand is pretty much what nature intended to happen. You can easily hurt something else alot worse, like your head, your neck, or a collarbone.